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Fuji, Empire, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp. Like most apples, they’re at their peak somewhere between July and September.

But there’s a lady in waiting...a Pink Lady, to be exact. In fact, the Pink Lady harvest is getting started right around now. “Brisk, autumn nights help bring out its bright, namesake coloring,” says the US Apple Association.

What to do with a Pink Lady apple's dazzling flavor

More tart and crisp than, say, Delicious apples, Pink Ladies make great snackers. (Try a wedge with a thin slice of cheddar.) They can also perk up a green salad, a bowl of oatmeal, or a pan of roasted root vegetables.

Of course, Galas, Honeycrisps, Fujis, and friends can do all that, too. Thanks to cold storage, they stay fresh for months on end.

Whatever the variety, expect a typical apple to supply roughly 10 percent of a day’s vitamin C plus 4 grams of fiber, all for just 90-or-so calories.

Don’t skip the skin: It has about half the fruit’s fiber.

While you’re at it, also look for these apples

  • Jazz apples: Crisp and tangy-sweet. Mmm.
  • SweeTango apples: The variety got its start in 2009 after growers crossed Zestar apples with Honeycrisps. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, so you know it’s sweet.
  • Lucy apples: These newbies are also part Honeycrisp. But both the (red-skinned) Lucy Rose and (gold-skinned) Lucy Glo varieties have naturally red flesh. Surprise!

So many apples, so little time. What’s that saying about an apple a day?

Photo: Elena Schweitzer/

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